A recycling Christmas

Spread the cheer of season's greetings by recycling your cards to make these clever crafts.

By Jo Calvert
Tree designed by Mary McCutcheon
Ornament designed by Lyn Tonkin

Basket

BASKET

General note: Enlarge patterns photostatically to make grid of 2.5 cm (1-in) squares; then cut out and label each.
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Finished basket is 8 cm (3-1/8 in) high and 20 cm (7-7/8 in) diameter at rim.

You need:
• 14 used Christmas-card fronts
• 2 stiff used Christmas-card backs
• White craft glue
• Scissors or X-acto knife and cutting mat
• Clothespins (optional)
• 1/8-in hole punch, transparent tape and pencil
• Tapestry needle and crochet yarn (we used metallized 4-ply polyester)

To make:
1. Using pencil, trace basket side and base patterns onto card backs; cut out. If desired, reinforce edges with tape.

2. Lay base pattern on card front; with pencil, trace it, then cut out. Trace and cut a total of 2 bases in same manner.

3. Lay side pattern on card front; with pencil, trace it, then cut out. Trace and cut a total of 12 sides in same manner.

4. With small dabs, glue 2 bases together so right sides are out and edges are even. Divide sides into pairs and in same manner, glue each pair together to make a total of 6 sides.

5. Approx 3 to 6 mm (1/8 to 1/4 in) from edge of base and each side, punch holes at approx 6 mm intervals. Thread needle with approx 76 cm (30-in) length of yarn; loop through hole at 1 corner of base and knot. Through holes, blanket-stitch around entire edge; knot yarn.

6. Beginning and ending at 1 corner of bottom edge, blanket-stitch entire edge of each side in same manner.

7. Thread needle again, loop through hole at 1 corner of base and knot. Picking up stitch from 1 edge, then the other, lace bottom edges of sides, one at a time, to base. Lace up each side join in same manner to make basket. Weave yarn ends into lacing; trim.

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